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Mental Codes and Cognitive Flexibility in the Digital Transformation: How to Develop a New Pattern of Knowledge.

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15 de July, 2018

In her book “Mindset”, Stanford neuroscientist Carol Dweck proposes the theory that a person’s mental structure determines his or her chance of success in life. She states that ANYONE CAN HAVE SUCCESS – IT DEPENDS WHETHER THE MENTAL STRUCTURE CAN BE CHANGED.

She separates between people with FIXED mental code, who choose to believe that their qualities (such as talents or limitations) are immutable, that they create the constant need to prove to themselves their own worth, and that they do not know how to react to failure; and the GROWTH code, which is based upon the belief that you are able to cultivate your basic qualities through your own efforts, and that you view hardships as challenges because you believe in the value of learning.

I’ve been thinking a lot bout this concept lately. It may seem, at first sight, that we are born with either one code or the other, and that our chance for success in life is then written in our DNA. Is this true?

I realized that thinking this way was a demonstration of a fixed mindset, because the starting point was precisely the belief that our characteristics are immutable.

So I started researching. Reflecting. Putting the pieces together.
I focused on understanding the characteristics that prepare our brains to understand that nothing is fixed, but changeable.

This is how I rescued the concept of COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY as the primary tool for determining our mental code.

Cognitive flexibility is the ability to TRANSIT BETWEEN DIFFERENT AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE, or to THINK IN MULTIPLE CONCEPTS AT THE SAME TIME.

According to the Manual of Behavioral Neuroscience (2016), it is the ability to adapt behavior in response to changes in the environment.

What we have to think is that, even more in the midst of this digital transformation dictated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where technology no longer grows in a linear but exponential way, this is the fundamental competence to develop.
In this VUCA scenario (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous), the fact that you can move from one knowledge to another, that is, for example, from your creative brain to the math brain, or critical thinking, means you are more likely to UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITY of things and propose more ASSERTIVE SOLUTIONS.

This is what we need in this rapidly changing world.
The good news? You can train and develop cognitive flexibility.
Easy application tips:

  • change your routine
  • search for new experiences
  • practice critical thinking
  • do not always look for the easy way
  • meet new ways of thinking and new people
  • challenge your beliefs.

That is, do not vitiate your brain in knowledge only, but train it to adapt to different situations.
What is the point of knowing, if we do not have the ability to adapt and make use of it in different situations?

Teach your brain to have be flexible, The more your knowledge moves from one area to another, the more opportunities you will have to reap the tremendous opportunities that this changing digital world is providing.

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